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Final

Patriots’ march to the Super Bowl

A game-by-game look at the 2011-2012 Patriots' season

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Patriots 7 7 14 10 38
Dolphins 7 0 10 7 24
At Sun Life Stadium. A: 66,860. Time: 3:26.
Sept. 12 – The Patriots opened the season with a team-record 622 yards on offense in a victory over the Dolphins as Tom Brady completed 32 of his 48 pass attempts, including a 99-yarder to Wes Welker in the fourth quarter. game story
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Net yards rushing
NE
106
MIA
98
Net yards passing
NE
516
MIA
390
Total net yards offense
NE
622
MIA
488
Time of posession
NE
28:27
MIA
31:33
NE MIA
First downs Total 27 25
Rushing 6 6
Passing 20 19
Penalities 1 0
Conversions Third down 8-13 2-14
Fourth down 0-0 4-5
Red zone efficiency 4-6 3-6
Rushing Attempts 22 20
Average gain 4.8 4.9
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 32-48-1 30-49-1
Avg. gain per pass play 10.5 7.4
Sacked-yards-loss 1-1 4-26
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 71 73
Avg. gain per play 8.8 6.7
Punting Number-average 4-38.0 6-51.2
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 5-59 2-11
Kickoffs Returned-yards 4-98 6-129
Interceptions Returned-yards 1-5 1-39
Penalties No.-yards 7-50 8-60
Fumbles No.-lost 0-0 1-0

Jim Davis/Globe staff

Tom Brady passed for a career-high 517 yards and four TDs. Brady's streak of 358 regular-season passes without an interception ended in the third quarter.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 517

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 1

Chargers 7 0 0 14 21
Patriots 7 13 0 15 35
At Gillette Stadium. A: 68,756. Time: 3:04.
Sept. 18 – The Patriots offense topped 30 points for the 10th straight regular-season game as New England moved to 2-0. Brady passed for 423 yards and three touchdowns. The defense surrendered 470 yards of total offense, but took the ball away from the Chargers four times. game story
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Net yards rushing
SD
98
NE
94
Net yards passing
SD
372
NE
410
Total net yards offense
SD
470
NE
504
Time of posession
SD
30:58
NE
29:02
SD NE
First downs Total 29 28
Rushing 5 4
Passing 20 23
Penalities 4 1
Conversions Third down 10-12 7-11
Fourth down 0-1 0-1
Red zone efficiency 2-4 4-5
Rushing Attempts 24 25
Average gain 4.1 3.8
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 29-40-2 31-40-0
Avg. gain per pass play 8.9 9.8
Sacked-yards-loss 2-6 2-13
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 66 67
Avg. gain per play 7.1 7.5
Punting Number-average 1-35.0 2-42.5
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 1-(-2) 0-0
Kickoffs Returned-yards 3-63 2-39
Interceptions Returned-yards 0-0 2-30
Penalties No.-yards 6-44 8-80
Fumbles No.-lost 2-2 0-0

Jim Davis/Globe staff

Vince Wilfork's first career interception near the end of the second quarter set up a field goal that extended the Patriots' lead to 20-7.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 940

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 3

Patriots 14 7 3 7 31
Bills 0 10 7 17 34
At Ralph Wilson Stadium. A: 68,174. Time: 3:18.
Sept. 25 – New England blew a 21-0 lead after Tom Brady threw four interceptions. Buffalo snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Patriots that dated back to 2003.game story
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Net yards rushing
NE
108
BUF
79
Net yards passing
NE
387
BUF
369
Total net yards offense
NE
495
BUF
448
Time of posession
NE
31:15
BUF
28:45
NE BUF
First downs Total 30 24
Rushing 6 4
Passing 21 16
Penalities 3 4
Conversions Third down 3-9 4-11
Fourth down 2-2 0-1
Red zone efficiency 3-5 3-4
Rushing Attempts 26 20
Average gain 4.2 4.0
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 30-45-4 27-40-2
Avg. gain per pass play 8.6 9.2
Sacked-yards-loss 0-0 0-0
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 71 60
Avg. gain per play 7.0 7.5
Punting Number-average 3-46.7 5-50.6
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 3-31 2-20
Kickoffs Returned-yards 4-73 1-16
Interceptions Returned-yards 2-37 4-56
Penalties No.-yards 8-93 9-77
Fumbles No.-lost 0-0 0-0

Barry Chin/Globe staff

Wes Welker caught 16 passes for 217 yards, tying the team single-game record for receptions and setting one for yardage.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 1,327

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 5

Patriots 7 10 7 7 31
Raiders 3 7 3 6 19
At O. Co Coliseum. A:62,572. Time: 3:03.
Oct. 2 – New England surrendered 504 yards of total offense, but capitalized with two key interceptions off Jason Campbell. The running game emerged with 183 yards rushing to support Tom Brady's 226 yards passing.game story
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Net yards rushing
NE
183
OAK
160
Net yards passing
NE
226
OAK
344
Total net yards offense
NE
409
OAK
504
Time of posession
NE
26:40
OAK
33:20
NE OAK
First downs Total 25 24
Rushing 11 8
Passing 11 15
Penalities 3 1
Conversions Third down 4-9 8-13
Fourth down 0-1 0-1
Red zone efficiency 3-4 2-5
Rushing Attempts 30 27
Average gain 6.1 5.9
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 16-30-0 25-39-2
Avg. gain per pass play 7.3 8.8
Sacked-yards-loss 1-0 0-0
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 61 66
Avg. gain per play 6.7 7.6
Punting Number-average 3-49.0 2-52.0
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 1-15 1-18
Kickoffs Returned-yards 2-23.5 4-15.5
Interceptions Returned-yards 2-19 0-0
Penalties No.-yards 5-45 9-85
Fumbles No.-lost 0-0 1-0

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Stevan Ridley carried 10 times for 97 yards.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 1,553

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 5

Jets 0 7 7 7 21
Patriots 7 3 14 6 30
At Gillette Stadium. A: 68,756. Time: 3:05.
Oct. 9 – The Patriots scored at least 30 points for the 13th consecutive game and beat the Jets 30-21. The defense held the Jets to just 255 yards of offense, its best performance of the year.game story
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Net yards rushing
NYJ
97
NE
152
Net yards passing
NYJ
158
NE
294
Total net yards offense
NYJ
255
NE
446
Time of posession
NYJ
26:05
NE
33:55
NYJ NE
First downs Total 14 26
Rushing 5 7
Passing 9 15
Penalities 0 4
Conversions Third down 3-11 7-14
Fourth down 0-0 0-0
Red zone efficiency 2-2 3-6
Rushing Attempts 25 35
Average gain 3.9 4.3
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 16-26-0 24-33-1
Avg. gain per pass play 5.6 7.9
Sacked-yards-loss 2-8 4-27
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 53 72
Avg. gain per play 4.8 6.2
Punting Number-average 7-45.6 4-51.3
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 2-20 4-54
Kickoffs Returned-yards 5-198 3-71
Interceptions Returned-yards 1-42 0-0
Penalties No.-yards 8-89 6-50
Fumbles No.-lost 0-0 1-0

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Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 1,874

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 5

Cowboys 3 7 3 3 16
Patriots 3 10 0 7 20
At Gillette Stadium. A:68,756. Time: 3:06.
Oct. 16 – New England's streak of scoring at least 30 points in 13 straight regular-season games ended, but the team improved to 5-1 despite losing 2 fumbles and 2 interceptions thrown by Tom Brady.game story
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Net yards rushing
DAL
77
NE
101
Net yards passing
DAL
300
NE
270
Total net yards offense
DAL
377
NE
371
Time of posession
DAL
32:49
NE
27:11
DAL NE
First downs Total 21 25
Rushing 6 7
Passing 15 16
Penalities 0 2
Conversions Third down 4-12 8-13
Fourth down 0-0 0-0
Red zone efficiency 1-3 2-4
Rushing Attempts 24 25
Average gain 3.2 4.0
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 27-41-1 27-41-2
Avg. gain per pass play 7.0 6.1
Sacked-yards-loss 2-17 3-19
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 67 69
Avg. gain per play 5.6 5.4
Punting Number-average 4-51.8 2-48.0
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 2-3 3-27
Kickoffs Returned-yards 2-40 5-103
Interceptions Returned-yards 2-7 1-6
Penalties No.-yards 10-77 5-35
Fumbles No.-lost 1-1 2-2

Jim Davis/Globe staff

Starting on his own 20 with 2:30 left in the game, Tom Brady led a game-winning touchdown drive by completing 8 of 9 passes for 78 yards.<

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 2,163

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 5

Patriots 0 10 0 7 17
Steelers 7 10 3 5 25
At Heinz Field. A: 64,424. Time: 3:10.
Oct. 30 – The Steelers controlled the ball for more than 39 minutes and held Tom Brady to a season-low 198 yards passing as New England fell into a first-place tie with Buffalo.game story
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Net yards rushing
NE
43
PIT
98
Net yards passing
NE
170
PIT
329
Total net yards offense
NE
213
PIT
427
Time of posession
NE
20:38
PIT
39:22
NE PIT
First downs Total 19 29
Rushing 3 5
Passing 11 23
Penalities 5 1
Conversions Third down 3-10 10-16
Fourth down 0-0 0-0
Red zone efficiency 2-2 2-5
Rushing Attempts 12 23
Average gain 3.6 4.3
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 24-35-0 36-50-1
Avg. gain per pass play 4.5 6.0
Sacked-yards-loss 3-28 5-36
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 50 78
Avg. gain per play 4.3 5.5
Punting Number-average 4-42.0 1-31.0
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 1-1 2-12
Kickoffs Returned-yards 4-74 3-81
Interceptions Returned-yards 1-17 0-0
Penalties No.-yards 6-53 8-50
Fumbles No.-lost 1-0 1-0

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Rob Gronkowski did not score a touchdown for the third consecutive week, but had 7 catches for 94 yards in the least-productive week of the season for the Patriot offense.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 2,361

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 5

Giants 0 0 10 14 24
Patriots 0 0 3 17 20
At Gillette Stadium. A: 68,756. Time: 3:17.
Nov. 6 – Eli Manning completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jake Ballard with 15 seconds left in the game to beat the Patriots and drop them into a three-way tie with the Bills and Jets at 5-3.game story
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Net yards rushing
NYG
111
NE
106
Net yards passing
NYG
250
NE
332
Total net yards offense
NYG
361
NE
438
Time of posession
NYG
30:17
NE
29:43
NYG NE
First downs Total 23 23
Rushing 5 6
Passing 15 17
Penalities 3 0
Conversions Third down 4-14 5-15
Fourth down 0-0 1-1
Red zone efficiency 3-5 2-4
Rushing Attempts 29 24
Average gain 3.8 4.4
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 20-39-1 28-49-2
Avg. gain per pass play 6.4 6.5
Sacked-yards-loss 0-0 2-10
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 68 75
Avg. gain per play 5.3 5.8
Punting Number-average 8-43.1 5-45.0
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 1-0 5-17
Kickoffs Returned-yards 4-61 5-97
Interceptions Returned-yards 2-9 1-0
Penalties No.-yards 6-50 7-81
Fumbles No.-lost 2-1 2-2

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Wes Welker picked up 13 yards on an end around in addition to his 9 receptions for 136 yards.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 2,703

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 6

Patriots 6 7 10 14 37
Jets 0 9 0 7 16
At MetLife Stadium. A:79,088. Time: 3:23.
Nov. 13 – The Patriots reclaimed the AFC East lead with a convincing win over the Jets while the Cowboys thrashed the Bills 44-7.game story
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Net yards rushing
NE
60
NYJ
110
Net yards passing
NE
329
NYJ
268
Total net yards offense
NE
389
NYJ
378
Time of posession
NE
30:07
NYJ
29:53
NE NYJ
First downs Total 21 22
Rushing 3 8
Passing 17 13
Penalities 1 1
Conversions Third down 4-13 5-13
Fourth down 0-1 0-2
Red zone efficiency 3-5 2-4
Rushing Attempts 28 25
Average gain 2.1 4.4
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 26-39-0 20-39-2
Avg. gain per pass play 8.4 6.1
Sacked-yards-loss 0-0 5-38
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 67 69
Avg. gain per play 5.8 5.5
Punting Number-average 4-46.8 5-48.4
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 1-16 3-12
Kickoffs Returned-yards 2-42 7-168
Interceptions Returned-yards 2-30 0-0
Penalties No.-yards 9-80 5-56
Fumbles No.-lost 1-0 1-1

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Rob Ninkovich had 2 interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 3,032

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 8

Chiefs 3 0 0 0 3
Patriots 0 10 17 7 34
At Gillette Stadium. A: 68,756. Time: 2:57.
Nov. 21 – The Patriots started slowly, but rebounded with a second half in which it outscored Kansas City 24-0. The defense intercepted Chiefs quarteback Tyler Palko three times.game story
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Net yards rushing
KC
119
NE
157
Net yards passing
KC
215
NE
223
Total net yards offense
KC
334
NE
380
Time of posession
KC
31:30
NE
28:30
KC NE
First downs Total 16 20
Rushing 5 9
Passing 11 11
Penalities 0 0
Conversions Third down 6-14 4-13
Fourth down 1-2 2-2
Red zone efficiency 0-2 2-4
Rushing Attempts 26 35
Average gain 4.6 4.5
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 25-38-3 15-27-0
Avg. gain per pass play 5.2 7.4
Sacked-yards-loss 3-21 3-11
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 67 65
Avg. gain per play 5.0 5.8
Punting Number-average 5-39.8 4-50.8
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 4-71 2-81
Kickoffs Returned-yards 6-100 1-18
Interceptions Returned-yards 0-0 3-44
Penalties No.-yards 5-34 3-20
Fumbles No.-lost 0-0 1-1

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Andre Carter sacked Tyler Palko 4 times and added 5 quarterback pressures as the defense held the Chiefs to a single field goal.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 3,266

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 10

Patriots 7 17 7 7 38
Eagles 10 3 0 7 20
At Lincoln Financial Field. A: 69,144. Time: 3:13.
Nov. 27 – Down 10-0 in the first quarter, the Patriots responded with an offensive explosion. They went on a 38-3 run and held the Eagles' dangerous rushing unit it check.game story
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Net yards rushing
NE
104
PHI
73
Net yards passing
NE
353
PHI
393
Total net yards offense
NE
457
PHI
466
Time of posession
NE
32:43
PHI
27:17
NE PHI
First downs Total 29 23
Rushing 7 5
Passing 19 17
Penalities 3 1
Conversions Third down 6-11 4-13
Fourth down 0-0 1-2
Red zone efficiency 4-5 2-4
Rushing Attempts 36 17
Average gain 2.9 4.3
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 24-34-0 26-48-1
Avg. gain per pass play 10.1 7.9
Sacked-yards-loss 1-8 2-7
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 71 67
Avg. gain per play 6.4 7.0
Punting Number-average 3-48.3 5-39.8
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 2-13 0-0
Kickoffs Returned-yards 4-77 2-39
Interceptions Returned-yards 1-27 0-0
Penalties No.-yards 3-20 10-60
Fumbles No.-lost 0-0 0-0

Barry Chin/Globe staff

Tom Brady was 24/34 for 361 yards and 3 TDs.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 3,627

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 11

Colts 0 3 0 21 24
Patriots 3 14 14 0 31
At Gillette Stadium. A:68,756. Time: 2:51.
Dec. 4 – The Patriots jumped out to a 31-3 lead over the Peyton Manning-less Colts by early in the fourth quarter. But they suffered a defensive breakdown in the final few minutes, and the winless Colts narrowed the gap to just a touchdown.game story
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Net yards rushing
IND
99
NE
73
Net yards passing
IND
338
NE
293
Total net yards offense
IND
437
NE
366
Time of posession
IND
35:39
NE
24:21
IND NE
First downs Total 26 24
Rushing 5 5
Passing 21 19
Penalities 0 0
Conversions Third down 10-15 6-11
Fourth down 0-0 0-0
Red zone efficiency 2-3 3-3
Rushing Attempts 31 24
Average gain 3.2 3.0
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 30-37-1 29-38-0
Avg. gain per pass play 8.7 7.5
Sacked-yards-loss 2-15 1-0
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 70 63
Avg. gain per play 6.2 5.8
Punting Number-average 3-48.0 4-46.8
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 1-21 2-15
Kickoffs Returned-yards 2-34 2-48
Interceptions Returned-yards 0-0 1-2
Penalties No.-yards 5-29 3-20
Fumbles No.-lost 1-1 1-0

Barry Chin/Globe staff

Gronkowski caught 2 touchdown passes and scored again after a lateral.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 3,916

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 13 *does not include rushing touchdown scored against Colts

Patriots 14 6 14 0 34
Redskins 10 10 7 0 27
At FedExField. A: 77,825. Time: 3:04.
Dec. 11 – The Patriots got their fifth straight win on a day marked by a heated exchange between Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien after an interception.game story
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Net yards rushing
NE
79
WAS
170
Net yards passing
NE
352
WAS
293
Total net yards offense
NE
431
WAS
463
Time of posession
NE
23:51
WAS
36:09
NE WAS
First downs Total 22 25
Rushing 6 9
Passing 14 13
Penalities 2 3
Conversions Third down 5-11 7-14
Fourth down 0-0 0-0
Red zone efficiency 1-4 2-5
Rushing Attempts 20 34
Average gain 4.0 5.0
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 22-37-1 20-33-1
Avg. gain per pass play 9.3 8.4
Sacked-yards-loss 1-5 2-8
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 58 69
Avg. gain per play 7.4 6.7
Punting Number-average 3-45.0 3-37.3
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 2-18 0-0
Kickoffs Returned-yards 2-39 6-117
Interceptions Returned-yards 1-2 1-0
Penalties No.-yards 4-47 8-73
Fumbles No.-lost 0-0 2-1

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Jerod Mayo intercepted a tipped Rex Grossman pass at the NE 5 yard line with 22 seconds left in the game to preserve the 7-point win.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 4,273

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 15

Patriots 7 20 7 7 41
Broncos 13 3 0 7 23
At Sports Authority Field. A: 76,556. Time: 3:13.
Dec. 18 – New England dug itself into a 17-6 hole and gave up 167 yards rushing in the first quarter. Buoyed by three Broncos turnovers, the Patriots rallied for a win that clinched a playoff berth.game story
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Net yards rushing
NE
141
DEN
252
Net yards passing
NE
310
DEN
141
Total net yards offense
NE
451
DEN
393
Time of posession
NE
33:41
DEN
26:19
NE DEN
First downs Total 26 23
Rushing 8 13
Passing 15 9
Penalities 3 1
Conversions Third down 5-12 4-10
Fourth down 1-2 0-2
Red zone efficiency 4-6 2-3
Rushing Attempts 36 31
Average gain 3.9 8.1
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 23-34-0 11-23-0
Avg. gain per pass play 8.6 5.2
Sacked-yards-loss 2-10 4-53
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 72 58
Avg. gain per play 6.3 6.8
Punting Number-average 4-40.5 3-55.0
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 3-23 2-4
Kickoffs Returned-yards 0-0 4-71
Interceptions Returned-yards 0-0 0-0
Penalties No.-yards 4-30 7-39
Fumbles No.-lost 1-0 4-3

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Aaron Hernandez caught 9 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown and ran the ball once for another 16 yards.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 4,593

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 15

Dolphins 3 14 0 7 24
Patriots 0 0 17 10 27
At Gillette Stadium. A: 68,756. Time: 3:18.
Dec. 24 РThe Patriots fell behind 17-0 in the first half before adjusting to the Dolphins’ aggressive pass rush after halftime. Tom Brady withstood injuries to Matt Light and Logan Mankins and rallied his team to a win that clinched a bye in the AFC playoffs.game story
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Net yards rushing
MIA
115
NE
119
Net yards passing
MIA
266
NE
281
Total net yards offense
MIA
381
NE
400
Time of posession
MIA
29:04
NE
30:56
MIA NE
First downs Total 20 26
Rushing 4 10
Passing 14 16
Penalities 2 0
Conversions Third down 5-13 8-17
Fourth down 0-0 1-1
Red zone efficiency 3-3 3-4
Rushing Attempts 27 31
Average gain 4.3 3.8
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 17-33-1 27-46-0
Avg. gain per pass play 7.0 5.6
Sacked-yards-loss 5-28 4-23
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 65 81
Avg. gain per play 5.9 4.9
Punting Number-average 6-44.8 6-52.3
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 2-25 4-19
Kickoffs Returned-yards 3-73 3-83
Interceptions Returned-yards 0-0 1-0
Penalties No.-yards 6-39 5-50
Fumbles No.-lost 4-1 1-0

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Zoltan Mesko punted 6 times for a 52.3-yard average, pinning Miami four times inside the 20-ard line.

Season tracker

Tom Brady passing yards, season-to-date: 4,897

Rob Gronkowski receiving touchdowns, season-to-date: 15

Bills 21 0 0 0 21
Patriots 0 14 14 21 49
At Gillette Stadium. A: 68,756. Time: 3:02.
Jan. 1 – New England fell behind, 21-0, then scored 49 unanswered points to finish with the best record in the AFC and home field throughout the playoffs.game story
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Net yards rushing
BUF
106
NE
138
Net yards passing
BUF
296
NE
342
Total net yards offense
BUF
402
NE
480
Time of posession
BUF
30:22
NE
29:38
BUF NE
First downs Total 26 28
Rushing 7 9
Passing 16 17
Penalities 3 2
Conversions Third down 1-7 6-12
Fourth down 2-3 0-0
Red zone efficiency 3-3 4-5
Rushing Attempts 20 29
Average gain 5.3 4.8
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 29-46-4 24-36-1
Avg. gain per pass play 6.2 8.6
Sacked-yards-loss 2-11 4-18
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 68 69
Avg. gain per play 5.9 7.0
Punting Number-average 3-41.3 2-48.5
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 1-5 0-0
Kickoffs Returned-yards 2-42 4-77
Interceptions Returned-yards 1-33 4-77
Penalties No.-yards 5-45 4-77
Fumbles No.-lost 1-0 2-0

Jim Davis/Globe staff

Tom Brady hit on 25 of 35 passes for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns, leading his team to a third-straight come-from-behind win.

Season tracker

Tom Brady regular season passing yards: 5,235

Rob Gronkowski regular season receiving touchdowns: 17

Broncos 0 7 3 0 10
Patriots 14 21 7 3 45
At Gillette Stadium. A: 68,756. Time: 3:10.
Jan. 14 РThe Patriots ended a three-game playoff losing streak with a dominant win over the Broncos. Tim Tebow and the Broncos’ offense proved no match for the Patriots' defense.game story
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Net yards rushing
DEN
144
NE
146
Net yards passing
DEN
108
NE
363
Total net yards offense
DEN
252
NE
509
Time of posession
DEN
33:23
NE
26:37
DEN NE
First downs Total 15 31
Rushing 7 9
Passing 7 19
Penalities 1 3
Conversions Third down 7-18 3-6
Fourth down 2-3 0-0
Red zone efficiency 1-3 5-6
Rushing Attempts 40 30
Average gain 3.6 4.9
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 9-26-0 26-34-1
Avg. gain per pass play 3.5 10.7
Sacked-yards-loss 5-28 0-0
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 71 64
Avg. gain per play 3.5 8.0
Punting Number-average 7-38.9 3-42
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 0-0 2-28
Kickoffs Returned-yards 4-68 1-28
Interceptions Returned-yards 1-17 0-0
Penalties No.-yards 5-55 2-20
Fumbles No.-lost 2-1 1-1

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Tom Brady capped his 26-for-34, 363-yard, 6 touchdown performance with a 48-yard punt.

Ravens 0 10 10 0 20
Patriots 3 10 3 7 23
At Gillette Stadium. A:68,756. Time: 3:06.
Jan. 22 – The Patriots won, despite losing a fumble and two interceptions, when Billy Cundiff hooked a 32-yard field goal attempt wide left with 11 seconds. Tom Brady, despite a subpar day passing, scored the winning touchdown.game story
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Net yards rushing
BAL
116
NE
96
Net yards passing
BAL
282
NE
234
Total net yards offense
BAL
398
NE
330
Time of posession
BAL
33:33
NE
26:27
BAL NE
First downs Total 19 25
Rushing 6 8
Passing 13 15
Penalities 0 2
Conversions Third down 9-17 5-11
Fourth down 0-1 1-1
Red zone efficiency 1-4 2-5
Rushing Attempts 31 31
Average gain 3.7 3.1
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 22-36-1 22-36-2
Avg. gain per pass play 7.2 6.3
Sacked-yards-loss 3-24 1-5
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 70 68
Avg. gain per play 5.7 4.9
Punting Number-average 4-43.8 2-48.5
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 1-4 3-7
Kickoffs Returned-yards 1-20 3-101
Interceptions Returned-yards 2-39 1-19
Penalties No.-yards 6-33 1-5
Fumbles No.-lost 1-0 2-1

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Vince Wilfork played 67 of the 70 defensive snaps, accumulating 6 tackles, including 3 for losses, a sack, and 5 QB pressures.

Giants 9 0 6 6 21
Patriots 0 10 7 0 17
At Lucas Oil Stadium. A: 68,658. Time: 3:23.
Feb. 5 – Eli Manning led the Giants on an 88-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown in the final minute to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in five seasons.game story
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Net yards rushing
NYG
114
NE
83
Net yards passing
NYG
282
NE
266
Total net yards offense
NYG
396
NE
349
Time of posession
NYG
37:05
NE
22:55
NYG NE
First downs Total 26 21
Rushing 7 6
Passing 18 15
Penalities 1 0
Conversions Third down 5-11 6-12
Fourth down 0-0 1-1
Red zone efficiency 2-3 2-3
Rushing Attempts 28 19
Average gain 4.1 4.4
Passing Comp.-att.-intercepted 30-40-0 27-41-1
Avg. gain per pass play 6.6 6.2
Sacked-yards-loss 3-14 2-10
Total offense Plays, pass and rush 71 62
Avg. gain per play 5.6 5.6
Punting Number-average 4-40.8 3-41.0
Had blocked 0 0
Returned-yards 1-10 0-0
Kickoffs Returned-yards 4-75 3-73
Interceptions Returned-yards 1-0 0-0
Penalties No.-yards 4-24 5-28
Fumbles No.-lost 2-0 0-0

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Aaron Hernandez caught 8 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.

SOURCES: NFL.com, Globe archives
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